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Rockland Community College Ranks #10 in Military Times 2023 Best For Vets Colleges

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Rockland Community College (RCC) is ranked as the #10 institution in the Northeast & Islands region in the prestigious Military Times’ 2023 Best for Vets: Colleges rankings, the largest and most comprehensive ranking of schools for military service members and veterans. The recognition reflects RCC’s commitment to providing exceptional educational opportunities and support for military-connected students.

“We are thrilled to celebrate RCC’s recognition as the #10 institution in the Northeast & Islands region for supporting our student veterans,” said Dr. Lester Rápalo, RCC President. “This achievement reflects our commitment to serving and supporting our military students, as we continue our mission to transform the lives of our community members through education.”

Each year, a survey is distributed to colleges and universities nationwide, inquiring about their programs for veterans. The survey, along with public data from the Department of Education and Department of Veterans Affairs, are analyzed to create an official ranking. Colleges and universities were asked to participate in the survey, and the Military Times data team analyzed the responses, resulting in the creation of a highly regarded and impartial annual ranking of these institutions. This year, the list includes 325 schools, marking an increase of almost 5% compared to the previous year.

Rockland Community College attained the following positions in the 2023 rankings:

Overall Rank: 131
Rank in Northeast & Islands: 10
Rank in At least 2 but less than 4 years: 18
Rank in Primarily in-person: 113
Rank in General Education: 124

RCC’s Veterans Affairs department provides comprehensive support services to military-affiliated students, including assistance in identifying and applying for educational benefits, academic guidance, and enrollment certification to the Veterans Administration.

“I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the transformative impact of our dedicated efforts in support of our veteran students firsthand,” said Jonathan Barnwell, the RCC Assistant Director of Judicial and Veteran Affairs. “This recognition reaffirms our progress in providing imperative support and resources to our military students.”

For a decade, Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges has aided and support to the military community by delivering trusted ranking and reporting on the top schools for veterans. The rankings have become a primary resource for schools to publicize their veteran programs, aiding veterans in making important decisions about their educational planning and how to use the education benefits acquired through their military service.

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Rockland Green Paper Shredding Event on March 16th in Suffern

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Rockland Green’s next shredding event is Saturday, March 16 at the Spook Rock Pool, 171 Spook Rock Road in Suffern, followed by one on Saturday, March 23 at Germonds Park, 165 Germonds Road in West Nyack. Both events run from 8 a.m. to noon. This event is open to all Rockland County residents. See flyer below for additional details.

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“Reviving & Rebuilding Rockland One Grant At a Time” By Rockland County Executive Ed Day

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Here in County Government, we are always working to improve the lives of everyone who calls beautiful Rockland home. For this reason, the moment my administration received $63 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds we capitalized on the opportunity to help Rocklanders who struggled significantly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants we’ve distributed so far include:

Awarded over $1,3000,000 to small businesses.

Awarded $400,000.00 in non-profit rescue grants.

Awarded over $450,000.00 to restaurants.

Awarded $7,000,000.00 in Urban Green Space grants.

But that’s not all. We utilized the funding to a variety of beneficial community programs including the Youth Bureau TEEN Works program and the Spring Valley Youth Police Initiative, completed the Rockland Riverway Feasibility Study- 26-mile path from Palisades to Stony Point, and granted $1.5 million to acquire land for workforce housing.

But as I’ve said time and time again, we will make sure every single penny that we received will be utilized to help our families and as such I am proud to announce our newest grant program that will utilize $500,000 of ARPA funds to further support our nonprofits.

To combat the rates of food insecurity in Rockland County, which have dramatically increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the $500,000 of ARPA funds will be used to establish the Food Security Equipment Reimbursement Grant which aims to provide reimbursement funds to organizations for pantry related equipment expenses that encourage capacity building by increasing and improving the services pantries provide to their communities. This capacity building will ultimately cultivate a more resilient network of food pantries, which can improve their ability to weather future public health emergencies.

Individual reimbursement grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to select organizations who meet the eligibility requirements for expenses including but not limited to:

Freezers

Refrigerators

Shelving

Insulated Storage Sheds

Lift-gates

Forklifts

Pallet Jacks

Hand Carts

Tents

Tables

Outdoor Heaters

Pantry-Related Software

Awarded organizations may be reimbursed for funds used for eligible equipment expenses incurred beginning January 1, 2024, and until the application submission period closes on May 31, 2024.

When our hardworking families endure a new level of strain these organizations always step up to help and we are honored to reciprocate that level of care and consideration to our heroic nonprofits.

We encourage nonprofits interested to contact our ARPA Department at [email protected] or 845-364-2027.

* This is a weekly column by Rockland County Executive Ed Day

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